Flash and RIM

Ina Fried:

RIM, for its part, says it has licensed Adobe’s source code and plans to continue supporting Flash on the PlayBook.

I simply cannot fathom why RIM has chosen to do this. Yes, they made a strong commitment to Flash as a differentiating factor, but adopting an irrefutably dead piece of software for the sake of saving face is absolutely ludicrous.

RIM is hemorrhaging users, its products are stagnant, and its leadership is hell-bent on announcing "savior" products that are more than half a year away. They pronounced the PlayBook to be the best tablet in the world eight months before it was released. Look how well that worked out for them.

In many ways, RIM helped usher in the current age of the smartphone, but rather than modernizing, the Waterloo-based company has simply relaxed and hoped for the best. Now they are quickly making their way into the "deathwatch" category for many onlookers.

With the announcement of BBX, I hoped the folks at RIM might appeal to logic. That they might acknowledge their various missteps, and adopt a modern, rational road map to get back on track. Instead, RIM has undertaken a now dead technology purely to avoid a marketing shift.

Bravo. Borderline genius reasoning.